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Tucker Shipping Papers, 1826-90.


Business records: letters, documents, accounts, etc., 1826-90
7 linear feet.
Catalog Number: M177.1

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Series Description:
Letters between R. H. Tucker or, after 1867, Joseph Tucker and their captains, customers or business associates; insurance records; accounts and receipts; deeds; notes, etc.; together with a few family letters; all arranged chronologically. Overlapping volumes, also arranged chronologically, are listed at the end. Although captains' letters from various ports of call are included, these are largely the general records of the business; overlapping receipts, documents, etc., relating to individual voyages are with the ships' papers. The original material dates from 1826 to 1890, with transcripts and photocopies of other documents dating back to 1813.
Arrangement:Arranged chronologically.
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Restrictions:None.


Ships' records: receipts, documents, certificates, etc., 1839-88
4.25 linear feet.
Catalog Number: M177.2

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Series Description:
Receipts and accounts; freight lists; shipping, repair and supply records; pilot and docking certificates; custom house documents; and other records concerning the operation of individual Tucker ships, 1839-88. Within an alphabetical ship-by-ship arrangement, the records are sorted chronologically. Ports of call for each of the sixteen ships are included on the container list; some also list information on the ships' construction, settlements, accidents and wrecks. For disbursement information on the "Richard III" see the "Othello" cashbook; for copies of construction contracts for "Othello" and "J.S. Parsons" see the construction folders under "Brother Jonathan." The business records should also be consulted.
Arrangement:Arranged alphabetically.
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Restrictions:None.


Private records: diary and manual, 1838-42
0.25 linear feet.
Catalog Number: M177.3

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Series Description:
Two private volumes written by members of the Tucker family. The first, the personal diary of Richard Holbrook Tucker, covers his early voyages, 1837 to 1839, with one entry in 1842. The second, written by Richard Hawley Tucker, is an 1838 volume of advice on being a ship's captain, written in the form of a 120 page letter to his son, Richard. The donor referred to them as volumes 5 and 1 respectively.
Arrangement:Arranged alphabetically.
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